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Japanese Restaurant Iwata

Posted in Sushi on February 25th, 2011 by Yelena – Be the first to comment
Japanese Restaurant Iwata

14423 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

One of the more traditional sushi spots along Ventura Blvd. in the Sherman Oaks area. Iwata is a small, cozy, no-cell phones allowed, all about the experience Japanese restaurant. If you are one of those people that prefers specialty rolls, this is not the place for you. Their menu is centralized around sushi and sashimi, offering you a very unique, authentic experience. The ambiance is that of a typical sushi joint; we took our seats along the sushi bar. Immediately we were approached by a waitress who presented us with a menu, warm moist towelettes, and bean sprout appetizers on the house. Nice! I’m a big fan of free appetizers, particularly when they taste good! I prefer to dip my bean sprouts into the wassabi-soy sauce mixture  [after all both ingredients are there for a reason]. Having read a few reviews about this place earlier, we decided to order what they were known for best: sushi! There really is nothing better than the taste of fresh fish.

Edamame [it's not a sushi experience with a bowl of good, salted, boiled soybeans], 2 Spicy Tuna handrolls, albacore sushi, eel, and their famous spicy tuna atop of rice cracker. Albacore was fresh, soft and just the right touch of sweet in the sauce. Next I took a bite of the spicy tuna hand roll. It was wrapped well with just the right amount of ingredients inside [I hate it when hand rolls are too large]. It was so delicious; I knew we had come to the right place.  I wanted more. I surveyed the rice cracker. Very appealing: fried rectangular rice cracker with a good portion of spicy tuna on top, served in a set of two pieces. It tasted ok. I wasn’t completely in awe about it. In fact, I wanted more of the hand roll, this time wrapped in soy paper. MMM. It was delicious. Tender. So full of flavor. Just right.


I am not a fan of eel; thus did not happen to try it. However it looked very appetizing.

We finished drinking our hot green tea while snacking on edamame, paid our bill [a bit high for what we ordered, but hey! the food was good] and left fully satisfied.



Tomodachi Sushi

Posted in Sushi on January 23rd, 2011 by Yelena – Be the first to comment
Tomodachi Sushi
10975 Weyburn Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. We had just finished hiking Temescal Canyon and wanted to reward ourselves. Reward without feeling a whole day of hard work and dedication has been wasted on empty calories. We wanted something fresh, healthy, melt-in-your mouth, nothing other than fresh fish. Within half an hour, we found ourselves driving down Wilshire Blvd, just east of the 405 to a small little town of Westwood. I, personally love the Westwood community, influenced by the surrounding University of the Bruins and the not-too-far-away beach cities.

Walking up to Tomodachi Sushi, we were a bit comprehensive [aside from the single person eating quietly by the window, the restaurant was empty]. I guess the time was neither lunch nor dinner. However, after being seated on wooden couches with soft cushions, we were delighted to discover it was happy hour time at the sushi joint [half off on many participating items].

Few shots of hot sake, 3 orders of albacore and 2 spicy tuna hand rolls later, we were stuffed. The portions of albacore were fresh, succulent and very generous. Sure, the miso soup was not perfect. It was sweet, oily and just tasted awful. But who came for the soup? Overall, the experience at this casual, friendly little place was great. The waitress was attentive, polite and quite pleasant. As we chatted and nibbled on our side order of edamame, the restaurant began to fill up rather quickly with new hungry patrons.